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E-governance for poverty alleviation: Indian cases and prospects for poverty alleviation in Uttar Pradesh

Pathak, Raghuvar D. and Sharma, V. and Husain, Z. and Gupta, N. and Smith, R.F.I. (2006) E-governance for poverty alleviation: Indian cases and prospects for poverty alleviation in Uttar Pradesh. Chinese Public Administration Review, 3 (3/4). pp. 51-61. ISSN 1539-6754

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This paper argues that initiatives in e-governance can accelerate economic development and increase empowerment of individual citizens. Initiatives in e-governance can do so by helping to bring about good governance. More inclusive governance stimulated by e-governance can help overcome massive global problems of poverty alleviation. The paper discusses the impact of specific initiatives in e-governance and how they might help address poverty alleviation in the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) in India. Uttar Pradesh has approximately 8 percent of the world's poor population. Eighty percent of poor households in UP live in rural areas. The paper draws lessons from the customized usage of e-governance, in particular, e-choupals (in Hindi choupal means village square or rural meeting place). It argues that such initiatives can: a) Fill gaps in access to communications infrastructure; b) Enable poor people to help themselves; and c) Help re-motivate officials responsible for implementing measures to alleviate poverty. The paper presents a thematic sequence of steps and stages for incorporating e-governance as a mode of operation. The sequence is open to customization as and when required. Expected issues and constraints facing initiatives in e-governance are also outlined.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > Graduate School of Business
Depositing User: Ms Neha Harakh
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2006 21:09
Last Modified: 14 May 2012 03:59

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